one who flees

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A fugitive from justice is one who flees from the jurisdiction where he committed, or was charged with, a crime with the intent to avoid prosecution.
Abd al-Maujud does not seem to understand why the other wants to destroy the dream of his life, why he characterizes him as the one who flees from himself.
But these 25,000 Cubans, largely economic dissidents, have a huge advantage over several million Latin Americans who tragically lay claim to the title of refugee: one that flees for safety; esp: one who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution.